Is there a connection?

October 17, 2007 at 11:11 am 1 comment

Our son Brad is a high school youth pastor in Gig Harbor, Washington (look here).  He also writes a blog called the Lunatic Fringe, (I don’t know why it is called that) and recently he has been saying and doing some things related to the poor that has caught my eye and my heart.  You can read about some of it here.  His influence in this direction is making me think and act more in deliberate ways toward the poor.  Such was the case this morning.

As I was leading a class in Convergence, Trinity’s ministry school, I was drawn to this comment in Bill Johnson’s book, When Heaven Invades Earth (find it here). …our deliberate pursuit of the poor and the miracles are common.His point, I believe is that the connection between serving the poor and miracles is not to be ignored.  At Bethel Church in Redding, California, where Bill Johnson is pastor, there are regular and multiple healing miracles that the rest of the Body should not ignore. What I hear him saying is that these miracles of healing are coming, in part at least, because they are deliberately pursuing relational ministry with the poor.

Most of the churches I have any real intimate knowledge of from my past, not only do not see anything approaching regular healing miracles in their church, they don’t even believe they should expect any.  So this morning I began to wonder if these churches were to be more focused on caring for the poor and disenfranchised out side their walls, if they might begin, not only to see the need and purpose of the supernatural, but also then to see the supernatural break out as well.

You do not need to look very far in the Word to see that the Father is the champion of the poor.  Try these verses for example: Psalm 140:12; Psalm 68:5; Job 34:19; James 2:5; Matthew 25; 1John 3:17; Isaiah 58:6-7; James 1:27; Micah 6:8; Isaiah 61:1 and so on.

The church in America has done many remarkable things to care for the poor through significant financial investments in hospitals, food kitchens, gifts of clothing, medical missions trips etc.  These are not without value and importance but what is missing, it seems to me, in my life and in the life of much of the church, I know about, is personal relationship with the poor.  The message of the Kingdom is to spend ourselves on behalf of the poor, to invest ourselves in the poor not just to fund ministry to the poor.

Here is my question.  Is there a Divine connection between an active commitment to the poor and an active participation in the supernatural?  Would more time spent with those in the greatest need reveal a greater need for supernatural intervention?

Almost every ministry I have seen personally, read about or heard about, in recent months that is being blessed with significant healing miracles is also heavily invested in ministry to and with the poor.  (Check this ministry out as an example)

Could it be…

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Entry filed under: Authority, Belief, Charismatic, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Holy Spirit, Institutional church, Jesus, Kingdom, Miracles, Revelation, Supernatural, The Father, Thoughts.

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  • 1. Linda  |  October 17, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Do we see the relationship between the poor and the supernatural because there is a relationship between the need of the poor – poor in spirit, poor physically, poor financially, or poor emotionally – and the ablitity of the Spirit to meet those needs as only He can? My answer would be yes!

    Maybe we have stayed away from the poor because we didn’t believe we had what it took to provide the help needed! Shame on us, we have the Spirit living within us – just as Jesus did – and, therefore, we have the ability to live as He did – meeting the needs of the poor – Supernaturally. May our Father’s will be done here on earth as it is in heaven – in heaven there is health and wholeness.

    Linda

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